At first it seemed like our combined messages were kind of opposing one another.  But actually, they’re working pretty damn well together.

             As long as we view with our honest eyes and truly see ourselves as other do.  (By which no one ever means what the outside shell looks like.)

Theirs is theirs.

             Not saying, “hey, I got mine!”  Instead, more along the lines of allowing others to live their lives, while we live ours.  And doing it with intent.  Focused, mindful intent.

             After all, we worked hard to get this lifeplan figured out, we need to acknowledge that everyone else did, too.  So, our lesson is to let them  do their part, while we do ours.

             One specific aspect of us “doing our part” showed up today as we returned to our regular rotation around the card altar.

turkey message, animal oracle cards, giveaway bird

“Turkey  ~  31  ~  Give-Away

Turkey is actually thought to be the Give-Away Eagle or South Eagle of many native peoples.  The philosophy of give-away was practiced by many tribes.  Simply stated, it is the deep and abiding recognition of the sacrifices of both self and others.  People in modern-day society, who have many times more than they need, should study the noble turkey who sacrifices itself so that we may live.  In Turkey’s death we have our life.  Honor Turkey.

Spectators unfamiliar with the cultural phenomenon of the pot latch or give-away ceremony are often mystified by it.  A tribal member may gladly give away all he or she owns, and do without in order to help the People.  In present-day urban life, we are taught to acquire and get ahead.  The person with the most toys wins the game.  In some cultures, no one can win the game unless the whole of the People’s needs are met.  A person who claims more than his or her share is looked upon as selfish or crazy or both.  The poor, the aged, and the feeble have honor.  The person who gives away the most and carries the burdens of the People is one of the most respected.

Turkey was the medicine of many saints and mystics.  Celebrate if you have Turkey medicine.  Your virtues are many.  You have transcended self.  You act and react on the behalf of others.  You aspire to help those who need help.  This is not out of some sense of self-righteous moralism or religious guilt.  Help and sustenance is given by Turkey out of the realization that all life is sacred.  It is knowing that the Great Spirit resides within all people.  It is an acknowledgment that what you do for others you do for yourself.  Turkey medicine rests in true ego, in enlightenment.  Doing unto others and feeding the people is the message of all true spiritual systems.

Depending on how Turkey is aspected in your cards, you are being given a gift.  This gift could be spiritual, material, or even intellectual.  The gift may be great or small, but is never insignificant.  Congratulations.  You may have just won the lottery.  Or the gift may be a beautiful sunset, or the smell of a fragrant flower.  On the other hand, you may feel the ‘spirit of giving’ growing within you, and wanting you to share with others.


There are several aspects to pulling the gobbler card in the reversed position.  Are you gobbling up anything and everything out of fear of lack?  Are you holding on too tight and refusing to let go of a dime for charity?  It could be that the Scrooge in you has grown accustomed to the miserly aspect of living.  If not, you might look at the possibility that you are fearful of spending money at this time.  Another aspect of ‘contrary gobbling’ is the idea that the world ‘owes’ you something and that you do not need to recycle the energy.  ‘The buck stops here’ may only mean that it stops in your bank account   On all levels of this contrary message, the keynote is that generosity of spirit is being neglected.  This can be towards self or towards others.

Remember, never give to receive.   That is manipulation.  Giving is without regret and with a joyful heart, or the ‘give-away’ has lost its true meaning.”

             As you can see, I’ve included both directions on this one, it came off of the stack at an angle, so it felt right to share all definitions.

Today’s Deck:

Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C Werneke

Today’s (channeled by/through me) Affirmation:

I willingly and lovingly release all that no longer serves, allowing others to live the lives that are for their higher good, and the good of us all.

4 thoughts on “Open hand and heart and mind.

  1. Reminds me of a saying: Live simply so that others may simply live. Really a good message today. There is also a little ditty that says “I wish you enough”, which I will find and forward on. When you come from abundance rather than scarcity, you’ll discover that you do have enough, in most cases.

    I wish you enough” needs to be on cards we can hand out to everyone who crosses our paths…….

    9:00 p.m.

  2. Just popping in to say hi! Enjoying your messages as ever.

    Thank you! I’ll be making my rounds after tomorrow to see how everyone else is doing.

    9:01 p.m.

  3. Love this deck as always.

    “…generosity of spirit is being neglected. This can be towards self or towards others.” Saver pointed out when she was home this past week that I have been neglecting myself. Including not working with my cards. “Gotta get back to that, mom. Take time for yourself.” You would think by now I would know that to get anything else done, I have to first “take care of” myself. I deserve it.

    You do.
    As do we all.

    9:03 p.m.

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